College Cellars of Walla Walla again tops Tri-Cities Wine Festival judging

By on December 18, 2018

College Cellars of Walla Walla students Daniel Burchardt, Megan Barlow, Jasmine Weitzel and Keri Laib celebrate their program’s awards at the 2018 Tri-Cities Wine Festival on Nov. 10 at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash. (Photo by Joel Perez/Walla Walla Community College)

KENNEWICK, Wash. – College Cellars of Walla Walla, the winemaking program for Walla Walla Community College, remained at the head of the class for the Tri-Cities Wine Festival by using a 2016 Barbera to claim the title of best of show in 2018.

A year ago, College Cellars topped Washington state’s longest-running wine competition with a semi-sparkling Muscat grown at Inland Desert Vineyard near Red Mountain. Last month, they beat out 379 entries for the top honor.

“We and our students are proud to win this award back-to-back,” Sabrina Lueck, instructor of enology at College Cellars, told Great Northwest Wine via text. “Our program has built relationships with regional grape growers so that our students have access to high-quality fruit, frequently from less conventional varieties. It is very rewarding to see the enthusiasm and appreciation for the two very different styles of wine.”

Tim Donahue, the school’s director of winemaking, and Lueck sourced the Barbera from one of the state’s most historic sites – Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on Red Mountain. Results from the competition were announced and celebrated Nov. 10 at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. A number of the students staffed the College College booth at the public tasting.

“We are thankful that the Tri-Cities Wine Society provides a platform for our student wines to be judged with their peers,” Lueck said. “The annual festival provides a great opportunity for our students to gain festival experience. We’ll be back!”

College Cellars also earned a double gold medal and best of class for its 2016 Cockburn Ranch Vineyard Syrah and a best of class for its 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. A number of College Cellars products earned best of class awards in the Tri-City judging, include Victor de la Luz (De la Luz Wines) and Victor Palencia (Jones of Washington, Vino la Monarcha), as well as double gold medals for Marcus Miller (Airfield Estates) and Shane Collins (Tsillan Cellars, now at Rocky Pond Winery).

Yakima Valley Vintners, the viticulture and enology program at Yakima Valley College’s Grandview campus, earned a double gold and best of class for its 2017 Study Skills Chardonnay as well as a gold medal for its 2015 Dean’s List Primitivo.

Fistfuls of gold for Basalt Cellars, Coyote Canyon

Wasem Vineyard is the estate planting overlooking the Snake River in the Lewis-Clark Valley for Rick Wasem and Basalt Cellars in Clarkston, Wash. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

There were 117 wines that received a gold medal or better. Among the multiple winners were Basalt Cellars in Clarkston (six), Coyote Canyon Winery and its reserve brand H/H Estates in Prosser (five), Airfield Estates in Prosser (four), Daven Lore in Prosser (four), Market Vineyard in Richland (four), Succession Wines in Manson (four), Tsillan Cellars in Chelan (four), Brian Carter Cellars in Woodinville (three), Cairdeas Winery in Manson (three), Desert Wind Winery in Prosser (three) and Pend d’Oreille Winery in Sandpoint, Idaho (three).

And the judging panel was particularly smitten by the non-grape and mead entries. Sky River Meadery in Redmond, Wash., amassed an astounding eight gold medals, including best of class for its Sweet Brochet Mead. Hidden Legend Winery in Victor, Mont., went back to Big Sky Country with five gold medals.

Tri-Cities Wine Festival’s top wine sells through quickly

The historic Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, birthplace of the top entry at the 2018 Tri-Cities Wine Festival, serves as a talisman on Red Mountain for many of the Northwest’s leading winemakers. (Richard Duval Images)

This year marked that the first time in the judging’s 40-year history that a brand has repeated as best of show, although Smasne Cellars and Russell Creek each took the top award twice within a three-year span. And Russell Creek, a brand in Walla Walla now owned by Washington Wine Hall of Fame inductees Dick and Wendy Shaw, is the only winery to have won best of show three times. That came in 2010, ironically enough with a Sangiovese – the only other time an Italian red variety has been given the top award.

Alas, there were only 50 cases — two barrels — of the top bottling at the 2018 judging.

“The award generated a lot of consumer interest for the 2016 Barbera,” said Lueck, whose duties within the viticulture and enology program include that of brand manager. “Our students had already released the wine to the wine club because they thought it was showing very well. The last of the bottles were snatched up during the fall release weekend after the Tri-Cities Wine Festival.”

A number of the Northwest’s most famous producers earned best-of-show honors early on in their careers. Seven times, a Merlot has paced the judging, a list that includes the Leonetti Cellar 1983 Merlot for the 1985 festival. On five occasions, it has been a Cabernet Sauvignon. Among the early winners was the Woodward Canyon 1984 Cab in 1987.

2018 Tri-Cities Wine Festival results

Winemaking instructors Sabrina Lueck, left, and Tim Donahue go over measurements at College Cellars on the campus of Walla Walla Community College. (Richard Duval Images)

The College Cellars of Walla Walla 2016 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Barbera from Red Mountain, a $30 wine produced by student winemakers at Walla Walla Community College, was selected as best of show at the 2018 Tri-Cities Wine Festival. (Photo courtesy of Walla Walla Community College)

Best of show/double gold medal

College Cellars of Walla Walla 2016 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Barbera, Red Mountain $30.00

Best of class/double gold medal

2dor Wines 2015 Estate Grown Red Blend, Yakima Valley $21.00
Basalt Cellars 2015 Wasem Estate The Family Red Wine, Lewis-Clark Valley, $22.00
Brian Carter Cellars 2014 Byzance, Columbia Valley $38.00
College Cellars of Walla Walla 2016 Cockburn Ranch Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $30.00
Convergence Zone Cellars 2015 Storm Front, Columbia Valley $29.00
De la Luz Wines 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $49.00
Double Canyon Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $25.00
Jones of Washington 2016 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $9.99
Kennedy Shah 2015 Reserve Tempranillo, Yakima Valley $45.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2015 Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills $30.00
Sky River Mead NV Sweet Brochet Mead, $20.00
Succession Wines 2017 Vixen, Columbia Valley $28.00
Vino la Monarcha Winery 2017 Rosé, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $18.00
Yakima Valley Vintners 2017 Study Skills Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $14.00

Best of class/gold

College Cellars of Walla Walla 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Walla Walla Valley $18.00
Columbia Winery 2015 Malbec, Columbia Valley $38.00
Gunpowder Creek 2017 Caleb Foster The Greatest Hits Pinot Noir, Walla Walla Valley $25.00

Double gold

14 Hands 2014 The Reserve Sangiovese, Horse Heaven Hills $35.00
Airfield Estates Winery 2017 Moscato, Yakima Valley $15.00
Airfield Estates Winery 2016 Late Harvest Riesling, Yakima Valley $20.00
Brian Carter Cellars 2015 Opulento Fortified Wine, Yakima Valley $22.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2017 Albariño, Horse Heaven Hills $19.00
Craftsman Cellars 2015 Left Bank Red Wine Blend, Columbia Valley $42.00
Goose Ridge Estate Winery 2016 20th Anniversary Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $32.00
Gordon Estate 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $23.99
Hidden Legend Winery NV The King’s Cyser Apple Mead, Montana $16.95
Kiona Vineyards & Winery 2017 Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley $15.00
Love That Red Winery 2015 Stakes Race Syrah, Columbia Valley $45.00
Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $43.00
Succession Wines 2016 Syrah, Lake Chelan $39.00
Treveri Cellars NV Gewürztraminer Demi-Sec, Columbia Valley $17.00
TruthTeller Winery 2015 The Confidante Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $45.00
Tsillan Cellars 2016 Estate Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan $36.00

Gold medal

:Nota Bene Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley $35.00
:Nota Bene Cellars 2015 Una Notte Red Blend, Columbia Valley $30.00
Airfield Estates Winery 2016 Barbera, Yakima Valley $35.00
Airfield Estates Winery 2014 Reserve Merlot, Yakima Valley $25.00
Ancestry Cellars 2017 Le Cortège Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley $22.00
Ancestry Cellars 2016 Reminiscence Riesling, Columbia Gorge $20.00
Armstrong Family Winery 2015 Fronk, Columbia Valley $36.00
Barnard Griffin Winery 2017 Côtes du Rôb, Columbia Valley $23.00
Barrel Springs Winery 2015 Malbec, Columbia Valley $30.00
Basalt Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $36.00
Basalt Cellars 2015 Lemberger, Columbia Valley $16.00
Basalt Cellars 2015 Malbec, Columbia Valley $28.00
Basalt Cellars 2016 Syrah, Washingon State $30.00
Basalt Cellars NV Sèmillon-Sauvignon Blanc, Washingon State $18.00
Bontzu Cellars 2015 Sangiovese, Walla Walla Valley $45.00
Bontzu Cellars 2016 Roussanne, Walla Walla Valley $18.00
Brian Carter Cellars 2014 Solesce, Columbia Valley $60.00
Cairdeas Winery 2016 Syrah, $55.00
Cairdeas Winery 2016 Cinsault, Yakima Valley $34.00
Cairdeas Winery 2016 Trí Red Wine Blend, Yakima Valley $39.00
Columbia Winery 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley $16.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2015 Primitivo, Horse Heaven Hills $26.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2015 Tres Cruces, Horse Heaven Hills $20.00
H/H Estates 2015 Reserve G W Smith Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills $38.00
H/H Estates 2015 Reserve Buck Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills $38.00
Daven Lore Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $32.00
Daven Lore Winery 2014 Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills $40.00
Daven Lore Winery 2013 Mourvèdre, Yakima Valley $40.00
Daven Lore Winery 2015 SPV, Yakima Valley $32.00
De la Luz Wines 2016 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley $35.00
Desert Wind Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope $18.00
Desert Wind Winery 2015 Syrah, Wahluke Slope $30.00
Desert Wind Winery 2015 Ora, Wahluke Slope $30.00
Farmhand Winery 2015 4 Play, Columbia Valley $28.00
Ginkgo Forest Winery 2014 Petit Verdot , Wahluke Slope $32.00
Gordon Estate 2017 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $13.99
Gunpowder Creek 2015 Caleb’s Greatest Hits Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $40.00
Hidden Legend Winery NV Dandelion Wine, Washington $12.95
Hidden Legend Winery NV Pure Honey Mead, Washington $13.95
Hidden Legend Winery NV Wild Chokecherry Mead, Washington $16.95
Hidden Legend Winery NV Wild Elderberry Mead, Washington $16.95
Hogue Cellars 2015 Terroir Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $32.00
Kiona Vineyards & Winery 2016 Heart of the Hill Malbec, Red Mountain $45.00
Longship Cellars 2017 Wild Harvest Rosé, Wahluke Slope $22.00
Love That Red Winery 2015 Race Day Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $60.00
Market Vineyards 2014 Arbitrage Cabernet Sauvignnon, Columbia Valley $32.00
Market Vineyards 2012 Acquisition Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $52.00
Market Vineyards 2011 Alpha Merlot, Red Mountain $52.00
Market Vineyards 2015 Derivative Red Wine, Columbia Valley $20.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2015 Dion Carlo Carménère , Horse Heaven Hills $38.00
Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 Best Friends, Columbia Valley $125.00
Mercer Estates 2015 Small Lot Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills $32.00
Pend d’Oreille Winery 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley $22.00
Pend d’Oreille Winery 2016 L’Oeuvre Reserve Red Wine, Columbia Valley $30.00
Pend d’Oreille Winery 2016 Riesling, Snake River Valley $16.00
Prosser Vineyard & Winery 2015 Syrah, $24.00
Sagemoor 2016 Without Rehearsal, Columbia Valley $28.00
Sky River Mead NV [Dry] Mead, $18.00
Sky River Mead NV Pyment (grape), $20.00
Sky River Mead NV [Sweet] Mead, $17.00
Sky River Mead NV Honey Ginger Wine [Metheglin], $20.00
Sky River Mead NV Cherry Vanilla Honey Wine, $21.00
Sky River Mead NV Hopped Mead [Metheglin], $20.00
Sky River Mead NV Rose Honey Wine, $18.00
Sky River Mead NV Raspberry Honey Wine, $18.00
Smasne Cellars 2012 Three Vineyard Malbec, Columbia Valley $44.00
Smasne Cellars 2016 Marsanne, Yakima Valley $24.00
Stemilt Creek Winery 2015 Ascent Syrah, Columbia Valley $45.00
Succession Wines 2017 Our Evolution, Ancient Lakes $26.00
Succession Wines 2017 Semillon, Ancient Lakes $26.00
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2014 Signature Series Merlot, Red Mountain $42.00
Treveri Cellars NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Zero, Columbia Valley
Tsillan Cellars 2016 Estate Reserve Malbec, Lake Chelan $42.00
Tsillan Cellars 2016 Estate Sangiovese, Lake Chelan $28.00
Tsillan Cellars 2016 Estate Syrah, Lake Chelan $30.00
Two Mountain Winery 2016 Cabernet Franc Reserve, Yakima Valley $35.00
Two Mountain Winery 2016 Merlot, Yakima Valley $22.00
Water from Wine 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $30.00
Welcome Road Winery 2017 Road Trip White, $20.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2016 Barbera, Columbia Valley $25.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2015 Grenache, Yakima Valley $25.00
Wit Cellars 2016 Malbec, Wahluke Slope $45.00
Yakima Valley Vintners 2015 Dean’s List Primitivo, Columbia Valley $22.00

Silver medal

:Nota Bene Cellars 2015 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Blend, Red Mountain $40.00
14 Hands 2016 The Reserve Chenin Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills $22.00
14 Hands 2015 The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $35.00
2dor Wines 2015 Estate Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, $45.00
2dor Wines 2015 Estate Grown Malbec, Yakima Valley $28.00
2dor Wines 2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay, Yakima Valley $26.00
2dor Wines 2017 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley $18.00
2dor Wines 2017 Estate Grown MRV, Yakima Valley $17.00
Airfield Estates Winery 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley $30.00
Airfield Estates Winery 2016 Grenache, Yakima Valley $35.00
Airfield Estates Winery 2014 Aviator, Yakima Valley $30.00
Airfield Estates Winery 2017 Donald D Miller, Yakima Valley $40.00
Ancestry Cellars 2015 di Donato Sangiovese Heritage Series, Columbia Valley $27.00
Ancestry Cellars 2015 Provocant, Columbia Valley $27.00
Ancestry Cellars 2016 Reunion Chardonnay, Lake Chelan $27.00
Armstrong Family Winery 2014 Four Birds, Columbia Valley $32.00
Armstrong Family Winery 2014 David’s Folly, Yakima Valley $36.00
Barnard Griffin Winery 2015 Côtes du Rôb, Columbia Valley $35.00
Barrel Springs Winery 2015 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley $30.00
Barrel Springs Winery 2015 Estate Bottled Petit Verdot , Columbia Valley $30.00
Barrel Springs Winery 2016 Chardonnay Estate Bottled, Yakima Valley $15.00
Basalt Cellars 2015 Rim Rock Red, Columbia Valley $22.00
Bontzu Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $50.00
Bontzu Cellars 2015 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley $50.00
Bontzu Cellars 2017 Pinot Gris, Walla Walla Valley $22.00
Brian Carter Cellars 2014 1 Cabernet Franc, Rattlesnake Hills $85.00
Brian Carter Cellars 2014 Tuttorosso, Yakima Valley $34.00
Brian Carter Cellars 2017 Oriana, Yakima Valley $25.00
Cairdeas Winery 2016 Caislén an Papa, Yakima Valley $45.00
Cairdeas Winery 2017 Marsanne, Yakima Valley $24.00
College Cellars of Walla Walla NV Rosé of Grenache, Walla Walla Valley $20.00
College Cellars of Walla Walla 2016 Syrah, Stoney Vine Vineyard Walla Walla Valley $30.00
College Cellars of Walla Walla 2016 Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley $25.00
College Cellars of Walla Walla 2018 Muscat, Yakima Valley $16.00
College Cellars of Walla Walla 2017 Semillon, Walla Walla Valley $18.00
Columbia Crest 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $45.00
Columbia Crest 2013 Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Valley Red Wine, Columbia Valley
Columbia Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $16.00
Columbia Winery 2015 Vision Red Blend, Columbia Valley $42.00
Convergence Zone Cellars 2014 Mistral , Red Mountain $32.00
Convergence Zone Cellars 2016 Sunbreak Chenin Blanc, Snipes Mountain $15.00
Convergence Zone Cellars 2016 Drizzle Pinot Gris, Red Mountain $10.00
Cottage Island Wines 2016 Deadhead Red Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills $30.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2015 Barbera, Horse Heaven Hills $26.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2016 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills $26.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2017 Life is Rosé Barbera Rose, Horse Heaven Hills $18.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2015 Sangiovese, Horse Heaven Hills $26.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2015 Tempranillo, Horse Heaven Hills $26.00
Coyote Canyon Winery H/H Estates 2015 Reserve Big John Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $42.00
Coyote Canyon Winery H/H Estates 2015 Reserve Michael Andrews Red, Horse Heaven Hills $30.00
Craftsman Cellars 2015 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $29.00
Daríghe 2014 Red Blend, Columbia Valley $65.00
Daven Lore Winery 2014 Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills $32.00
Daven Lore Winery NV Ruby, Columbia Valley $40.00
Desert Wind Winery 2015 Barbera, Wahluke Slope $30.00
Desert Wind Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Heritage Series, Wahluke Slope $35.00
Desert Wind Winery 2015 Malbec, Wahluke Slope $30.00
Desert Wind Winery 2017 Chardonnay Heritage Series, Wahluke Slope $15.00
Double Canyon Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $65.00
Farmhand Winery 2016 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $32.00
Farmhand Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $28.00
Farmhand Winery 2015 Stump Red, Columbia Valley $28.00
Farmhand Winery 2015 Euphoria Red Wine, Columbia Valley $28.00
Farmhand Winery 2016 Grüner Veltliner,
Gardena Creek Winery 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $33.00
Ginkgo Forest Winery 2017 Late Harvest Riesling, Wahluke Slope $24.00
Goose Ridge Estate Winery 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $45.00
Goose Ridge Estate Winery 2014 Vireo Red Wine, Columbia Valley $42.00
Goose Ridge Estate Winery 2017 Estate Bottled Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley $20.00
Gordon Estate 2014 Malbec, Columbia Valley $20.99
Gordon Estate 2014 Tradition Red Wine, Columbia Valley $29.99
Gunpowder Creek 2016 Caleb’s Harvest Semillon, Walla Walla Valley $25.00
Henry Earl Estate Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $35.00
Henry Earl Estate Wines 2015 Malbec, Red Mountain $35.00
Henry Earl Estate Wines 2015 1st & Main Red Wine, Columbia Valley $28.00
Henry Earl Estates Wines 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Red Mountain $28.00
Hidden Legend Winery NV Banned in France, Red Mountain $14.95
Hidden Legend Winery 2016 Skalkaho White, Montana $13.95
Hogue Cellars, The 2014 Reserve Chadonnay, Yakima Valley $25.00
Hogue Cellars, The 2017 Terroir Edelzwicker, Columbia Valley $20.00
Intrinsic Wine Co. 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $25.00
Jones of Washington 2016 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope $13.99
Jones of Washington 2016 Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes $13.99
Jones of Washington 2014 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $14.99
Jones of Washington 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope $14.99
Kennedy Shah 2015 Reserve Cabernet Franc, Red Mountain $50.00
Kennedy Shah 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $55.00
Kennedy Shah 2015 Reserve Malbec, Yakima Valley $45.00
Kennedy Shah 2015 Reserve La Vie en Rouge, Columbia Valley $45.00
Kestrel Vintners 2017 Falcon Series Rosé, Yakima Valley $21.00
Kestrel Vintners NV Lady in Red Edition 14, Columbia Valley $18.00
Kestrel Vintners 2017 Falcon Series Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley $21.00
Kestrel Vintners 2017 Falcon Series Estate Viognier, Yakima Valley $21.00
Kiona Vineyards & Winery 2016 Heart of the Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $60.00
Kiona Vineyards & Winery 2016 Estate Grown Lemberger, Red Mountain $17.00
Kiona Vineyards & Winery NV Cyclops III, Red Mountain $40.00
Kiona Vineyards & Winery NV Big , Red Mountain
Kiona Vineyards & Winery NV Zeus II, Red Mountain $20.00
Le Bec Fin by Chateau Beck 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley $25.00
Le Bec Fin by Chateau Beck 2017 Vin Blanc, Yakima Valley $19.00
Longship Cellars 2016 Wise Man Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $38.00
Longship Cellars 2016 Ginger Man Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $32.00
Longship Cellars 2016 Invader Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley $36.00
Longship Cellars 2015 Star Ship Red Blend, Columbia Valley $28.00
Longship Cellars 2016 Quinn Red Blend, Columbia Valley $34.00
Love That Red Winery 2015 Seattle Slew Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $36.00
Love That Red Winery 2017 Love That Rosé, Columbia Valley $18.00
Market Vineyards 2014 Merval Malbec, Red Mountain $52.00
Market Vineyards 2014 Benchmark Merlot, Columbia Valley $29.00
Market Vineyards 2014 Basis Points Red Wine, Columbia Valley $42.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $34.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2017 May Mae Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $25.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2015 César Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills $26.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2017 Pinot Grigio, Yakima Valley $17.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley $16.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2017 Viognier, Yakima Valley $18.00
Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $65.00
Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley $55.00
Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 Forte Rosso, Columbia Valley $100.00
Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 60° Degrees, Lake Chelan $125.00
Mellisoni Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes $50.00
Mercer Estates 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $25.00
Mercer Estates 2015 Reserve Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills $42.00
Mercer Estates 2015 Reserve Cavalie Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills $42.00
Mercer Estates 2016 Reserve Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills $32.00
Mercer Estates 2017 Small Lot Riesling, Yakima Valley $20.00
Monarcha Winery 2016 Malbec, Columbia Valley $22.00
Monarcha Winery 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley $22.00
Naches Heights Vineyard 2015 Syrah, Naches Heights $26.00
Naches Heights Vineyard 2014 Carmen Tempranillo, Yakima Valley $23.00
Naches Heights Vineyard 2017 Guinevere Gewürztraminer , Naches Heights $18.00
Northwest Wine Academy (South Seattle College) NV Convocation White Wine, Washington $17.00
Pend d’Oreille Winery 2014 Malbec, Columbia Valley $30.00
Prosser Vineyard & Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, $22.00
Prosser Vineyard & Winery 2015 Bills Primitivo, $30.00
Radix Winery 2015 Laevus, Red Mountain $48.00
Sagemoor 2014 Stars in a Row Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $70.00
Sagemoor 2016 Carving Blocks Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley $20.00
Sagemoor 2016 Among Friends Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley $20.00
Silver Lake Winery 2017 Roza Rosé, Rattesnake Hills $14.00
Silver Lake Winery 2017 Chardonnay, Rattesnake Hills $14.00
Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2015 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley $37.00
Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2015 Syrah, Wahluke Slope $37.00
Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2015 Vixen Red Wine, Columbia Valley $43.00
Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2015 Do Mi Sol, Columbia Valley $75.00
Sky River Mead NV [Semi Sweet] Mead, $17.00
Sky River Mead NV Blackberry Honey Wine, $18.00
Sky River Mead NV Solas Honey Wine, $26.00
Smasne Cellars 2013 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Snipes Mountain $50.00
Smasne Cellars 2013 Grenache, Snipes Mountain $34.00
Smasne Cellars 2013 Mourvèdre, Yakima Valley
Smasne Cellars 2006 Pioneer Port, $56.00
Smasne Cellars 2012 Ancient Rocks Red Wine, Snipes Mountain $44.00
Smasne Cellars 2017 Albariño, Yakima Valley $20.00
Smasne Cellars 2008 Muscat Ice Wine, Snipes Mountain $120.00
Smasne Cellars 2017 Late Harvest Rosé Port, $32.00
Stemilt Creek Winery 2015 Ascent Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $48.00
Stemilt Creek Winery 2015 A Day’s Work Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $26.00
Stemilt Creek Winery 2015 Caring Passion Merlot, Columbia Valley $17.00
Succession Wines 2016 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $39.00
Succession Wines 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ancient Lakes $39.00
Succession Wines 2016 Malbec, Columbia Valley $39.00
Succession Wines 2016 Oscar, Ancient Lakes $36.00
Succession Wines 2016 Bridge Builder’s Blend, Lake Chelan $36.00
Succession Wines 2017 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley $28.00
Succession Wines 2017 Viognier, Columbia Valley $26.00
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2014 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $48.00
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2017 Arch Terrace Rosé, Red Mountain $18.00
J.T. Grey 2011 Syrah, Red Mountain $95.00
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2015 Arch Terrace Syrah, Red Mountain $25.00
Treveri Cellars NV Blanc de Noirs Brut, Columbia Valley
TruthTeller 2016 Wisdom, Red Mountain $30.00
TruthTeller 2017 Frolic, Yakima Valley $20.00
TruthTeller Winery 2016 The Clever Fool, Yakima Valley $40.00
TruthTeller Winery 2017 Quip Rosé, $15.00
TruthTeller Winery 2016 The Cynic, Walla Walla Valley $40.00
Tsillan Cellars 2016 Estate Piccolo Rosso, Lake Chelan $28.00
Tsillan Cellars 2017 Estate Gewürztraminer, Lake Chelan $20.00
Two Mountain Winery 2017 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley $21.00
Water from Wine 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $30.00
Water from Wine 2017 Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $20.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2014 Estate Sangiovese, Naches Heights $35.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2014 Syrah, Yakima Valley $25.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2014 Tempranillo, Yakima Valley $25.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2015 Estate Mélange Noir, Naches Heights $25.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2015 Estate Syrah-Mourvèdre, Naches Heights $25.00
Wit Cellars 2015 Petit Verdot, Yakima Valley $50.00
Yakima Valley Vintners 2015 Semester Abroad Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $16.00
Yakima Valley Vintners 2015 Graduates Last Hyrah Syrah, Columbia Valley $17.00
Yakima Valley Vintners NV Campus Blend Red Wine, Columbia Valley $16.00

Bronze medal
:Nota Bene Cellars 2015 Syrah, Wahluke Slope $35.00
2dor Wines 2015 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc, $28.00
2dor Wines 2017 Estate Grown SBS, Yakima Valley $20.00
Ancestry Cellars 2014 La Soeur, Columbia Valley $38.00
Barrel Springs Winery 2014 Syrah Estate Bottled, Yakima Valley $25.00
Barrel Springs Winery 2016 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley $16.00
Bontzu Cellars 2015 GSM, Walla Walla Valley $40.00
Bontzu Cellars 2017 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley $22.00
Brian Carter Cellars 2014 1 Syrah, Wahluke Slope $85.00
Columbia Winery 2017 Viognier, Columbia Valley
Daven Lore Winery 2014 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills $32.00
Daven Lore Winery 2017 Rosé Table Wine, Yakima Valley $20.00
Desert Wind Winery 2017 Estate Grown Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope $28.00
Fly Rod Cellars 2015 Prince Nymph Red Blend, Columbia Valley $29.00
Gardena Creek Winery 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $33.00
Ginkgo Forest Winery 2014 Reserve Grenache , Wahluke Slope $38.00
Ginkgo Forest Winery 2014 Reserve Mourvèdre , Wahluke Slope $38.00
Ginkgo Forest Winery NV Cherry Chocolate Dolce, Wahluke Slope $45.00
Hidden Legend Winery 2017 Skalkaho Red, Red Mountain $14.95
Hogue Cellars, The 2015 Reserve Columbia Valley Merlot, Columbia Valley $30.00
Hogue Cellars, The 2015 Terroir Syrah, Snipes Mountain $28.00
Hogue Cellars, The 2017 Terroir Viognier, Wahluke Slope $20.00
Jones of Washington 2013 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $14.99
Kennedy Shah NV Picnic Blend, Yakima Valley $22.00
Kestrel Vintners 2017 Falcon Series Estate Chardonnay, Yakima Valley $21.00
Kestrel Vintners 2017 Falcon Series Estate Pinot Grigio, Yakima Valley $21.00
Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 Malbec, Columbia Valley $60.00
Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $50.00
Monarcha Winery 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes $18.00
Northwest Wine Academy (South Seattle College) 2016 Merlot, Yakima Valley $18.00
Prosser Vineyard & Winery 2016 Petite Syrah, $26.00
Silver Lake Winery 2015 Reserve Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattesnake Hills $22.00
Silver Lake Winery 2017 Roza , Rattesnake Hills $15.00
Smasne Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $44.00
Smasne Cellars 2013 Petite Sirah, Red Mountain $44.00
Smasne Cellars 2014 Block #4 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills $44.00
Smasne Cellars 2012 Robert O. Smasne Owens Reserve, $75.00
Stemilt Creek Winery 2016 Ascent Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $48.00
Stemilt Creek Winery 2015 Boss Lady Red Blend, Columbia Valley $24.00
Stemilt Creek Winery NV Sweet Adelaide, Columbia Valley $13.00
Succession Wines 2017 L & R, Lake Chelan $24.00
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2015 Arch Terrace Malbec, Red Mountain $28.00
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2014 Onyx, Red Mountain $60.00
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2014 Signature Series Titan, Red Mountain $42.00
TruthTeller 2016 Satire, Yakima Valley $25.00
Tsillan Cellars 2017 Estate Nudo Chardonnay, Lake Chelan $22.00
Welcome Road Winery 2015 Cabernet Franc, $28.00
Yakima Valley Vintners 2015 Science Fair Carménère, Yakima Valley $16.00
Yakima Valley Vintners 2016 Grenache, Yakima Valley $20.00
Yakima Valley Vintners 2017 Easy A Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $14.00

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast.

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